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Oprah has finally seen the Light

post #1 of 29
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Good for her, this is great news.

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20080402/D8VPM7G80.html

With her following and enormous clout, this will be great news for shelter dogs in this country IMO.
post #2 of 29
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Originally Posted by ckblv View Post
Good for her, this is great news.

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20080402/D8VPM7G80.html

With her following and enormous clout, this will be great news for shelter dogs in this country IMO.
This is fantasic news on all fronts. I'm so glad she's doing this show. With her standing perhaps she'll be able to change things.
post #3 of 29
That's great of her to do that. Now, if only she could help with the clubbing of seals.
post #4 of 29
I don't care much for Oprah. There is something about her that I can't put my finger on that I don't like. However, she does a great deal of wonderful things for people and is very giving of her time and her immense wealth. So while I don't much like her, I do have a great deal of respect for her.
post #5 of 29
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That's great of her to do that. Now, if only she could help with the clubbing of seals.
You may just have something there, she would be the one to whip the Canadian Government into shape and make them see the error of their ways in regards to the Seal massacre. But, she may not be needed, Mother Nature
seems to be putting the crimp in the Seal massacre this year.
post #6 of 29
I just caught a brief mention of this today but Lisa Ling is having an expose on puppy mills this Friday. Be sure to set your VCRS/DVRS/TIVO to catch this show.
post #7 of 29
I am glad to hear this. I wrote to her show a long time ago about how she should do a show on shelter animals.

This is getting closer. I am really glad to hear she will never buy again. Good for her.
post #8 of 29
She's not one of my favorite celebrities, but I'm so glad she's using her fame to draw attention to this. So many people have no clue about the suffering that goes on so that they can look at and buy 'cute puppies' in pet stores. Worse, there are people who actually say they 'rescued' a pet store puppy by buying it. Like buying a pair of shoes is 'rescuing' too!
post #9 of 29
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Worse, there are people who actually say they 'rescued' a pet store puppy by buying it. Like buying a pair of shoes is 'rescuing' too!
A lot of reptile owners will try to say this too. They'll see a sick or starving lizard and buy it, knowing if they didn't that it would probably be dead soon - while that's saving a life it's not exactly rescuing. I've done it (starving baby gecko) and I wouldn't call it a rescue either.


I've heard that people get results if they write her producers. There's one woman on the National Dysautonomia Research Foundation's forum that is doing just that, and it seems they may be very interested in doing a show over it. If any of you feel strongly about something try writing. You never know, if your idea is good enough and your email very thorough and well put together you may get someone interested. Causes are started by one person - If you truly want something acknowledged and done about it, often you have to fight for it yourself (in reference to the seals).
...Also, don't admit that you're not a fan. You should say you love the show, etc.
post #10 of 29
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If this post seems redundant, it's because it was once the start of its own thread -- I guess the mods combined 'em.
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Starting with her show on Friday, April 4th, Oprah is working with the Humane Society to put an end to puppy mills. She's powerful enough that this could really make a difference! You can read about it and sign a pledge here:

https://community.hsus.org/humane/no...er_id=22103338
post #11 of 29
She will be able to bring an amazing amount of attention to this issue. I really hopes this makes a difference.
post #12 of 29
That's wonderful to hear! Oprah does have a lot of influence over the public and I hope that she can affect driving them all out of business.
post #13 of 29
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I am watching the show right now, we have the TV on at work.
post #14 of 29
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It was a great program. Oprah did good, real good.
post #15 of 29
Anyone who can't see it, here is a link:
http://www2.oprah.com/tows/pastshows...promocode=HP21
post #16 of 29
Did anyone else see Oprah's special episode on puppy mills today? I just finished watching it, and I must say I didn't make it through without bawling my eyes out. Those poor dogs. They went under cover to a couple differen't mills, and the living conditions were horrible. I don't know how these people get away with keeping living creatures in those conditions.

And then there was a segment on pet overpopulation. They showed them deciding which dogs at the shelter would live and which ones would be chosen for euthanasia. The show was so informative, I can imagine it really opened many people's eyes.
post #17 of 29
Oh the last part where they were showing the dogs selected to be put down had me in tears.
post #18 of 29
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Oh the last part where they were showing the dogs selected to be put down had me in tears.
I couldnt imagine being the person that has to make that decision. It's so heartbreaking. I wouldn't be able to handle it.
post #19 of 29
It's on here in about 40 minutes, so will set it to record.
post #20 of 29
I watched it and shed some tears!
It was very heartbreaking.
post #21 of 29
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I couldnt imagine being the person that has to make that decision. It's so heartbreaking. I wouldn't be able to handle it.
I couldn't handle doing it either. I would go out of my mind. I still can't get they eyes of those dogs out of my mind.
post #22 of 29
It made me sick to learn that so many of the puppy mills are operated by the Amish in Pennsylvania -- a peaceful, hardworking people, but... oh, it's heartbreaking. Apparently they view animals as having no more soul or will to live than "an ear of corn," as the rescuer said. It mystifies me. No matter what kind of twisted view they grow up with, how can anyone look into the eyes of a puppy and not see the innocent little spirit in there?

I wish Oprah had said more about what to do -- specifically, about not patronizing stores that sell puppies, since virtually all of them come from these godawful puppy mills.

It shames me to admit that for the past few months, we have been buying cat food from such a store, because we couldn't find our brand elsewhere, and because we so love seeing all those little wagging tails when we visit. But no more! Never, never again. We'll mail-order our cat food first.

I want a bumper sticker:

STOP PUPPY-MILL CRUELTY
ADOPT A RESCUE DOG

If it doesn't already exist, I'll design one and put it on Cafe Press where anyone can get it.
post #23 of 29
Seems like I've seen a bumper sticker with something like that on it.

I mentioned here a few days ago that I have never understood the farmer mentality about animals. I suppose it's a mental adaptation to keep from tearing your soul out with guilt, but it's something I could never understand about my mother or about my grandfather.

In fact, I'm told my first sentence was when I came in to tell my mother that a buyer had come to take away one of my grandfather's calves. It was a heifer, so it was going to be raised on some small farm as a milk cow, but I was still scandalized that my grandfather would let someone take Bossy's calf away from her.

On the other hand, have you seen the picture of the line of barn cats waiting in a row to have the farmer squirt milk at them as he milked his cow? That was my grandfather, every evening.

http://frames.barewalls.com/frames/b...d00577810c.jpg
post #24 of 29
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That is SUCH a cute picture mrblanche, I love it.
post #25 of 29
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I don't care much for Oprah. There is something about her that I can't put my finger on that I don't like. However, she does a great deal of wonderful things for people and is very giving of her time and her immense wealth. So while I don't much like her, I do have a great deal of respect for her.
I'm with you there - I don't much like her either. I think it's because she seems to need attention for all her philanthropy - when there's plenty of people out there who give anonymously and are very generous. But that may not be her fault - I mean, it's hardly up to her if the media follows her everywhere she goes and decides to publicise everything she does for charity.

That being said, she has an ENORMOUS amount of exposure and this is the best possible thing that could happen to expose puppy mills and pet overpopulation. PeTA and other organisations can advertise it as much as they like, but they will not be listened to by the general population the way Oprah will. I think it's fantastic. I hope it lasts in the public eye and stays on the agenda of hot topics. It deserves to be there. As do all animal mills. They are sickening.
post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by ClaireBear View Post
Did anyone else see Oprah's special episode on puppy mills today? I just finished watching it, and I must say I didn't make it through without bawling my eyes out. Those poor dogs. They went under cover to a couple differen't mills, and the living conditions were horrible. I don't know how these people get away with keeping living creatures in those conditions.

And then there was a segment on pet overpopulation. They showed them deciding which dogs at the shelter would live and which ones would be chosen for euthanasia. The show was so informative, I can imagine it really opened many people's eyes.
I was just getting ready to make a post about this show!! OMGosh!! It broke my heart!!!

The part about the shelter in Texas and how many dogs get PTS everyday!!! I just cant imagine being "that" person!! WOW!!! That was truly heartbreaking!!
post #27 of 29
Now that there is momemtum thanks to Oprah, maybe the ASPCA Orange day will have alittle more impact too.
http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=aspcaday
post #28 of 29
To the member that mentioned how people don't listen to PETA,but will listen to Oprah...thats so true! I know people (including myself) who dislike PETA so much,but will listen to Oprah.I am not a fan of her,nor watch her show (aside from the odd episode,like the mill one)...but would listen to what she has to say waaayyy before I ever listen to what PETA says.
post #29 of 29
I'll merge this with the other thread now.

I'm SO glad that someone as visible and respected as Oprah has taken this important issue head on! There are so many people who are ignorant to the problem (they just don't know it exists). It seemed like only the animal welfare activists knew and were vocal about the problem.

I don't know about anywhere else, but there have been so many puppy mill busts in this region lately, and shelters have been filled to the brim with these poor dogs. Thankfully, it does make the news and people come out of the woodwork to adopt them. The activists and ASPCA and Humane Societies (local ones) need a spokesperson like Oprah to bring attention to the common person about this issue.

Good for her!
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